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Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Rule 504 Becomes Useful Tool for Smaller Capital Raising and M&A Transactions

On October 26, 2016, the SEC amended Rule 504 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) to increase the maximum amount of securities that may be sold thereunder in any 12-month period from $1...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass the Accelerating Access to Capital Act

Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Accelerating Access to Capital Act aimed at facilitating the formation of capital for U.S. small businesses. The measure is a package of three bills: H.R. 4850 –...more

NASAA Publishes Fraud Alert for EB-5 Investors

Recently, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection, published an investor advisory for potential investors in EB-5...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 24

SEC/CORPORATE - DC Circuit Court Rejects States’ Challenge of Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - On June 14, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) rejected challenges...more

Court Rejects Regulation A+ Challenge

The States of Montana and Massachusetts had previously challenged Regulation A+’s preemption of state securities registration and qualification requirements in Tier-2 offerings. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

OTC Markets, Inc. Asks SEC To Open Regulation A+ to Reporting Issuers

On June 6, 2016, the OTC Markets Group Inc., the entity operating three major over-the-counter marketplaces (“OTC”), submitted a rulemaking petition to the SEC. The petition asked the SEC to amend Regulation A+ to allow...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

When Attorneys General Attack: AGs’ Aggressive Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures, and Getting Your Insurer to Provide...

Who’s afraid of New York’s Martin Act? Right now, a lot of Wall Street and energy industry companies, that’s who. Why are they concerned about the Martin Act? Because it grants the New York State Office of the Attorney...more

Fund Manager Annual Update

The SEC brought a record number of enforcement actions against investment advisers in 2015, resulting in approximately $4.2 billion in sanctions.1 This alert highlights current issues for private equity, venture capital and...more

California’s Blue Sky Law May Cast A Shadow On Some Foreign Issuer Equity Plans

Foreign issuers whose securities are not listed on either the NASDAQ or New York stock exchange may overlook the need to comply with California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 when making equity plan awards to their...more

Did Utah’s Securities Commission Really Call Out California’s Commissioner?

I recently ran across an article concerning a row between Utah’s Securities Commission and California’s Commissioner of Corporations, E.C. Bellows. Engineering & Mining Journal, Bingham Galena on Trail of California...more

What The SEC Doesn’t Understand About Blue Sky Laws

I recently submitted this comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to its proposal to modernize the exemption applicable to intrastate offerings. The SEC somewhat misleadingly describes its...more

FAST Act eases resale of unregistered securities and adds new accommodations for emerging growth companies: top points

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act). Although primarily focused on funding of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the FAST Act also includes...more

‘Excuse Me, While I Kiss the [Blue] Sky’: Common State Securities Law Considerations Applicable to U.S. Private Offerings by...

The wires have hit. You’ve just closed a multijurisdictional offering and delivered a great result for your client. As visions of a raucous post-closing party with your client enter your mind (or perhaps just visions of a...more

FAST Act Includes Enhancements to Capital Raising and Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which included a host of provisions related to capital raising and securities law matters. Provisions of particular...more

SEC Adopts Regulation Crowdfunding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the crowdfunding exemption from registration authorized by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The new rules will...more

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Pave the Way for Intrastate and Regional Offerings

At the same time the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules implementing Regulation Crowdfunding pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), the agency proposed...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

What's Market? Update: Securities

Amendments to Regulation A adopted by the SEC to comply with a mandate in the JOBS Act took effect on June 19, 2015. Regulation A as amended (often referred to as “Regulation A+”) expands the maximum aggregate amount that...more

General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

Regulation A+ Gives a Powerful Tool to Small Companies

The JOBS Act of 2012 was meant to loosen the regulations regarding private equity, opening up new classes of investors and freeing entities seeking new investment from solicitation rules put in place before color television...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+

Newly adopted exemption to securities registration requirements may offer new capital raising opportunities for developing companies - A company that seeks to raise capital by offering or selling securities to potential...more

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